The U 23 Sri Lankan team will look to continue their winning run in the 2019 South Asian Games when they met the Maldives in the 5th match of the competition. Sri Lanka won the opening match quite convincingly against Nepal after chasing down the target of 173. Meanwhile, in the 2nd encounter, Sri Lanka annihilated Bhutan with a thumping 173 runs victory. Sri Lanka scored a mammoth 248/4 in their allotted 20 overs and then skittled out Bhutan for just 75 runs.
If Sri Lanka manages to win against the Maldives, they will secure a place for the Gold Medal match. Maldives have played a solitary match so far and suffered a huge defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Chasing a target of 175, they were skittled out for just 65 runs.
Pitch Conditions and Toss
It will be a batting-friendly wicket but given the difference between the two teams, we might not witness a big score if Maldives bats first. If Sri Lanka gets a chance to bat first a score in excess of 200 is well on the cards. The team winning the toss should bat first.
Probable Playing XI
Pathum Nissanka, Nishan Madushka (WK), Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Sammu Ashan, Charith Asalanka (C), Duvindu Tillekaratne, Jehan Daniel, Kavishka Anjula, Sachindu Colombage, Asitha Fernando.
Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Ivan, Mohamed Rishwan, Yoosuf Azyan Farhath, Adam Nasif, Mohamed Azzam (WK), Hassan Ibrahim, Ameel Mauroof, Leem Shafeeq, Mohamed Mahfooz (C), Ibrahim Rizan.
South Asian Games 2019
Match: Maldives vs Sri Lanka
Date and Time: 5th December, Thursday- 12:45 PM IST
Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Asitha Fernando
Mohamed Azzam, Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Rishwan, Mohamed Ivan
Top 4 Batting order
Pathum Nissanka, Nishan Madushka (WK), Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara
Mohamed Mahfooz, Mohamed Azzam, Ahmed Hassan, Mohamed Rishwan
Kamindu Mendis, Charith Asalanka
Mohamed Mahfooz, Ahmed Hassan
Death Overs bowlers
Jehan Daniel, Asitha Fernando
Ibrahim Rizan, Mohamed Ivan
SL-U23 vs MLD Dream 11 Wicket-keepers
Nishan Madushka will be the first player in our dream XI team. He has looked in great touch with the bat and has managed to score some important runs for his team in the last two games. He started off with a 46 against Nepal and followed it up with a knock of 65 against Bhutan.
SL-U23 vs MLD Dream 11 Batsmen
Ahmed Hassan will be our first pick in this category. He is a big player for Maldives and has scored 479 runs and taken 20 wickets in 30 matches for his side. Hassan will definitely look to make an impact later today.
Mohamed Rishwan, another talented cricketer from Maldives will be our 2nd pick. This bloke has played some good knocks for his nation in the limited opportunities he has got so far.
Pathum Nissanka will be the next pick in this segment. He looked in great touch against Bhutan and scored a stroke-filled 76. He started off the tournament with a 30 against Nepal.
Ashen Bandara will be our next pick in this category. He hasn’t been required with the bat too much in this tournament so far. He is a good all-round player and can also chip in with some crucial wickets.
SL-U23 vs MLD Dream 11 All-rounders
Kamindu Mendis is a big player for the Sri Lankan team. He has been a great all-rounder for them and will look to continue his exploits. He bagged two wickets against Nepal and followed it up with one more against Bhutan.
Charith Asalanka will be the next pick in this category. He has been a champion player for Sri Lanka. It wasn’t long ago when he smashed a sensational century against Afghanistan.
Leem Shafiq will be the only Maldives player from this segment. He will definitely look to make an impact against a much fancier side Sri Lanka.
SL-U23 vs MLD Dream 11 Bowlers
Asitha Fernando will be the first pick in this segment. He has been one of the most important players for Sri Lanka and will look to keep his reputation intact.
Mohamed Mahfooz will be the 2nd player in this category. The skipper of Maldives has been a good player for them. In 8 T20I’s he has bagged 7 wickets so far.
The last player in our dream XI team will be Kavishka Anjula. Over the last 6 months, he has been a consistent performer for his nation. In a match against the lowly ranked Maldives, it will be interesting to see his approach towards the game.
Captain and Vice-Captain
Pathum Nissanka will be our captain for the day while Charith Asalanka will be the vice-captain.
Dream 11 Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.